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The AUT Public Lecture Series features two distinct public lecture series – Inaugural Professorial Addresses and the AUT History: Winter Public Lecture Series. The professorial addresses serves as a public platform for introducing new professors to university colleagues and to the wider community interested in their field. In the one-hour lecture, professors take their audience on a journey related to their research interests, their career to date, and the future as they see it. The AUT Public Lecture Series is accessible to a wide audience and well attended by AUT staff and visitors to the campus and we welcome you to attend.

AUT History: Winter Public Lecture Series 2015

  • The Voice of the 99%: From the Knights of Labor to the Occupy Movement
    Professor Rob Allen, Wednesday 15 July
  • The First Facebook: Card sending in New Zealand, 1820-1920
    Dr Peter Gilderdale, Tuesday 28 July
  • A History of Te Reo Māori in the Nineteenth Century
    Professor Paul Moon, Tuesday 11 August
  • Physical Therapies in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand
    Associate Professor David Nicholls, Thursday 27 August
  • From Grub St to the iPad – How the magazine industry survived constant change
    Associate Professor Simon Mowatt, Monday 7 September

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Inaugural Professorial Addresses 2015

Professor Richard SeigertGoal Setting In Rehabilitation: Does It Work?
Wednesday 22 July 2015
Richard Siegert
Professor of Psychology and Rehabilitation

In the rehabilitation of people with conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis there is a need for services that really work, and which are based on scientific evidence. Goal setting is a key component in rehabilitation services for most people with a neurological condition, and might be considered to be best practice. However until recently, there has been no clear theoretical basis for this practice and only limited evidence for its effectiveness. Nor has there been any consensus on how to actually do goal setting.

In his inaugural professorial address, Professor Richard Siegert will focus on the aims and purposes of using goal setting in rehabilitation, the theories that might explain how (and if) it works, and the evidence that it actually improves outcomes for people with a neurological condition. He will also draw upon some evidence from goal setting in sport psychology and business settings including a look at the darker side of this practice. He will argue that goal setting is more complex and nuanced than we have acknowledged and that a more sophisticated approach is required.

Professor Siegert trained in clinical psychology at the University of Waikato and completed his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington. After working as a clinical psychologist he became a lecturer at Victoria, specialising in clinical neuropsychology. This led to an increasing interest in rehabilitation for people with neurological disorders and he subsequently joined the University of Otago as Head of the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit. His next experience of working in an inter-professional academic/clinical environment was in the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation at King’s College London, where he stayed for five years. From there, he joined AUT combining his passions for psychology and rehabilitation.

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  • Monday 10 August
    Professor John Tookey
    Professor of Engineering, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
  • Tuesday 25 August
    Professor Judy McGregor
    Professor of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Faculty of Culture and Society
  • Tuesday 22 September
    Professor Rhema Vaithianathan
    Professor of Economics, Faculty of Business and Law
  • Friday 9 October
    Professor Jiling Cao
    Professor of Mathematics, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
  • Tuesday 20 October
    Professor Asheq Rahman
    Professor of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Law

RSVP and Venue Details

4.30pm - 5.30pm
WA Building Conference Centre
City Campus
Level 2, WA Building
55 Wellesley Street East

Refreshments will be served after each address

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Last updated: 29-Jun-2015 1.30pm

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